Will start with the good first as I want to be as fair as I can.
Will take students
New trucks no more then 3yr old
Apu,s on all trucks
Power inverter on all trucks
Now the bad short and sweet
2k avg miles a week
Home time is a joke
Drivers are just a number
If your Apu stops working good luck getting it fixed unless your in Tulsa
Driver manager can not change loads or help in anyway.
Forced dispatch and I mean forced
Find anything they can to charge you
Good luck with repowers
Injoy a nice 800 mile load and 4 days to run it.
90% loads are trapped and you get $20 to tarp
When you leave them get ready to be treated like crap. Pay for your own ride and you have to turn your truck in at tulsa or they will charge you a 1k recovery fee even if you try to take it to one of there other terminals
I would not work for then if your looking to stay with a company most of there drivers have been there less then 6 months
They have a 60% drive loss rate. There is a resone they went from 2yr experience drives to students and high pay. They will do and say anything to get you into the truck. Then once your in a truck your micro managed to death and wishing for loads over 1k but your not going to get many. If your close to 2k
Melton Truck Lines
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Lets be honest, trucking has become a slave wage industry. The big companies dominate cheap freight. Therefore they need cheap labor.
Loads are getting shorter, weekly pay is about the same for drivers today as it was 20 years ago, 800 to 950 per week (((why))). And 800 / 950 dollars a week today buys half what it did 20 years ago....
We should see co drivers average 1200 to 1400 $ per week, but no, the elogs ruined it....now drivers are put on a short leash to keep them from running into log related problems.
Time think about owning a truck and getting your own authority,
@DustyRoadLast edited: Aug 26, 2016
So its still the same company after 2+years you've been there.(2014 Melton thread)
Wish I would have found the Melton driver parked at the J today while we were at lunch n got his story as I'm looking into flatbed work. oh well.
The issue for me was E-longs don't account for is the mental and physical condition of the driver. It can not know if I am tired, rested, alert or fatigued. When the men in the office see a driver with hours of service available, they have no clue of the driver's actual condition. I was told once, if you call in and report you are tired, then we will give a 10 hr break.....but that if it happens twice, we have to terminate you ( Heartland Express, Liberty Iowa)
Once I got back on Paper Logs.....I was back in command! Life was much more relaxed and productive.LindaPV Thanks this.
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